Prof. Junie B. Billones, professor of chemistry, was conferred with a rank of UP Scientist 1 last 16 December 2014 in the Executive House, UP Diliman by the University of the Philippines System. The UP Scientist award is part of the UP Scientific Productivity System Award of the UP System, which was started last 2005. This awards aims to support the development of science and technology, and to encourage and reward scientific productivity. Prof. Billones is one of the leading chemistry researchers in UP Manila. He currently leads TB Drug Discovery Program in UP Manila, which is funded Emerging Interdisciplinay Research Program of the Office of Vice President of Academic Affairs.